Oxford, Maine – Calvin Rose, Jr. of Turner raced to a career-first Super Late Model win Saturday night, topping the Budweiser Championship Series stock car racing program at Oxford Plains Speedway.
Rose, a Street Stock champion at the track two years ago, moved up to the top class last season and won Rookie of the Year honors. But victory eluded him and the family race team for the first time in awhile after being successful at every level coming up through the local racing ranks.
A change in equipment just a week ago resulted in a fourth-place finish, their best in a Super Late Model. Saturday they lined up on the front row and led all but one of the fifty laps in the night’s headline event.
Veteran racer Kelly Moore of Scarborough, a former NASCAR Busch North Series champion and the 1984 track champion at Oxford Plains Speedway, chased Rose to the checkered flag in second position after winning the battle for runner-up honors against rookie Gabe Brown of Center Conway, New Hampshire.
Scott McDaniel of Livemore, the previous week’s Super Late Model winner, made a late charge into fourth position after starting 21st. TJ Brackett rounded out the top-five, again gaining several positions racing hard in the outside groove after starting from 17thposition. Unofficially, Brown reclaimed a narrow lead over Brackett atop the Budweiser Championship Series Super Late Model standings.
Matt Dufault of Turner raced to his second Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock division victory of the season in impressive fashion. Starting from 11th position, Dufault methodically worked his way into contention before getting to the head of the pack at about the halfway point in the 30-lap race. The win helped Dufault retain his position atop the Street Stock championship standings.
Zach Bowie of Turner was the best of the rest, chasing Dufault under the checkered flag. Rick Spaulding of Lisbon nailed down his second straight third-place finish. Tyler King of Gray and rookie Nick Stanley of Oxford completed the top-five rundown. Seventh-place finisher Andrew Breton of Greene led a good portion of the race before meeting with some misfortune.
Mike McKinney of Berlin, New Hampshire outran all rivals once in front of the field in the Bandit division’s main event. McKinney swapped the lead with Kurt Hewins of Leeds for much of the 20-lap distance before pulling away after the final restart.
Hewins earned a runner-up trophy, with Waterford’s Jamie Heath driving from 14th starting position to a third-place finish. Buckfield’s Chad Wills was fourth under the checkered flag. Current Bandits championship points leader Dustin Salley of Poland rounded out the top five.
Nate Symonds of Casco drove his 1947 Plymouth to victory in a 15-lap showcase for the Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Hobby division. Mark Bowie of South Paris was the runner-up in a six-cylinder Dodge Charger from just slightly over 50 years ago. Jesse Miochaud hauled all the way from Caribou to claim a third-place trophy.
Thomas Brackett of Auburn won his sixth Rookie division race of the season, with Waterford’s Brady Heath a close second-place finisher.
The Budweiser Championship Series at Oxford Plains Speedway resumes this Saturday night, June 23, with the North East Classic Lites joining all five weekly divisions, including the Super Late Models. Kid’s racecar rides will also be available. Post time is 7:00 p.m. For more information please visit oxfordplains.com or call (207) 539-8865.
Unofficial finishes from the Saturday, June 17 Budweiser Championship Series racing card at Oxford Plains Speedway; Oxford, Maine; showing finishing position, car number, driver’s name, driver’s hometown:
Budweiser Super Late Model (50 laps) 1 8 Calvin Rose, Jr., Turner; 2 47 Kelly Moore, Scarborough; 3 47 Gabe Brown, Center Conway, NH; 4 14 Scott McDaniel, Livermore; 5 61 TJ Brackett, Buckfield; 6 09 Jeremy Davis, Tamworth, NH; 7 90 Derek Kneeland, Sebago; 8 41 Tracy Gordon, Strong; 9 03 Scott Moore, Anson; 10 51 John Peters, Westbrook; 11 9 Alan Tardiff, Lyman; 12 00 Jimmy Renfrew, Jr., Candia, NH; 13 54 Ryan Deane, Winterport; 14 25 Shawn Knight, South Paris; 15 7 Ben Lynch, Charlotte, NC; 16 29 Austin Teras, Gray; 17 11 Steve Chicoine, Portland; 18 77 Bryce Mains, Bridgton; 19 72 Scott Robbins, Dixfield; 20 60 Tim Brackett, Buckfield; 21 36 Ryan Robbins, Dixfield; 22 Ivan Kaffel, Raymond; 23 09 Justin Drake, Burnham.
Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Street Stock (50 laps) 1 61 Matt Dufault, Turner; 2 21 Zach Bowie, Turner; 3 36 Rick Spaulding. Lisbon; 4 11 Tyler King, Gray; 5 62 Nick Stanley, Oxford; 6 09 Mark Turner, Norway; 7 33 Andrew Breton, Greene; 8 4 Jordan Russell, Norway; 9 27 Patrick Thorne, Standish; 10 52 Mike Nichols, Livermore Falls; 11 67 Dan Brown, Peru; 12 56 Addie McDaniel, Bridgton; 13 99 George Haskell, Casco.
Bandits (20 laps) 1 08 Mike McKinney, Berlin, NH; 2 54 Kurt Hewisn, Leeds; 3 91 Jamie Heath, Waterford; 4 52 Chad Wills, Buckfield; 5 18 Dustin Salley, Poland; 6 2 Shaun Hinkley, Oxford; 7 71 Chris Foster, Lisbon; 8 5 Jake Hall, Oxford; 9 77 Rob Crepeau, Minot; 10 12 Adam Sanborn, West Paris; 11 1x Kevin Varney, Mechanic Falls; 12 1 Brandon Varney, Mechanic Falls; 13 44 Jeff Libby, Auburn; 14 24 Travis Verrill, South Paris; 15 4 Tyler Libby, Auburn; 16 55 Dean Jordan, Jay; 17 6 Cody White, South Paris; 18 05 Gerard Cote, Oxford; 19 8 Jeremy Lauzier, Rumford.
Figure 8 (20 laps) 1 4 Kyle Kilgore, South Paris, 2 00 Larry Lizotte, Poland; 3 41 Greg Durgin, South Paris; 4 2 Dale Lawrence, Lisbon; 5 07 Kyle Glover, Oxford.
Rookie (15 laps) 1 3 Thomas Brackett, Auburn; 2 91 Brady Heath, Waterford.
Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association Hobby (15 laps) 1 25 Nate Symonds, Casco; 2 P38 Mark Bowie, South Paris; 3 08 Jesse Michaud, Caribou; 4 48 George Harding, Fairfield; 5 97 Kevin Waterhouse, West Paris; 6 7x Adrian Williams, Warren; 7 66 David West, Appleton; 8 4 Alan Gassett, Saco; 9 6 John West, Appleton; 10 2 Bubba Dow, West Paris; 11 111 Neil Martin, Freeport; DNS 5 John Knapp, Bowdinham.